14 We­in­stein steps down

Exec is fac­ing sev­eral sex­ual ha­rass­ment al­le­ga­tions En­ter­tain­ment

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Har­vey We­in­stein, the larg­erthan-life Hol­ly­wood ex­ec­u­tive and Os­car win­ner, is tak­ing a leave of ab­sence from his own com­pany af­ter an ex­plo­sive ex­posé re­veal­ing decades of sex­ual ha­rass­ment against women, from em­ploy­ees to ac­tress Ash­ley Judd, was pub­lished in The New York Times Thurs­day.

The ar­ti­cle in­cludes first-per­son ac­counts of We­in­stein’s al­leged con­duct, in­clud­ing from Judd, who re­counts an in­ci­dent from two decades ago in which she said she was asked to meet We­in­stein in his ho­tel room. We­in­stein greeted her wear­ing a bathrobe and asked her if she would give him a mas­sage or watch him shower, the pa­per re­ported.

“Women have been talk­ing about Har­vey amongst our­selves for a long time, and it’s sim­ply be­yond time to have the con­ver­sa­tion pub­licly,” Judd told the Times.

Two com­pany of­fi­cials tell the Times that at least eight women have re­ceived set­tle­ments from We­in­stein over the years, in­clud­ing ac­tress Rose McGowan, who al­legedly had an in­ci­dent with him in 1997 when she was 23.

We­in­stein’s at­tor­ney Charles J. Harder said in a state­ment that the story is “sat­u­rated with false and defam­a­tory state­ments about Har­vey We­in­stein.”

“We sent the Times the facts and ev­i­dence, but they ig­nored it and rushed to pub­lish,” Harder said. He did not re­spond to ques­tions about what spe­cific al­le­ga­tions We­in­stein was con­test­ing.

Re­quests for com­ment from The We­in­stein Co. and Judd were not im­me­di­ately re­turned.

We­in­stein had a pow­er­ful perch in Hol­ly­wood for three decades, and was known for pro­duc­ing films like Pulp Fic­tion and Shake­speare in Love, for which he won an Os­car.

Known for his an­gry out­bursts, his of­ten ag­gres­sive tac­tics were chron­i­cled in the Peter Biskind book Down and Dirty Pic­tures.

“I ap­pre­ci­ate the way I’ve be­haved with col­leagues in the past has caused a lot of pain, and I sin­cerely apol­o­gize for it,” We­in­stein said in a state­ment.

His state­ment did not ad­dress any spe­cific in­ci­dents.

We­in­stein has been mar­ried to de­signer Ge­orgina Chap­man since 2007, they have two chil­dren to­gether. He has three chil­dren from his pre­vi­ous mar­riage.

In We­in­stein’s lengthy state­ment, in which he quotes a Jay-Z lyric about be­ing a bet­ter man for his chil­dren, he ref­er­ences com­ing of age in the ’60s and ’70s when, “all the rules about be­hav­iour and work­places were dif­fer­ent.”

“I want a sec­ond chance in the com­mu­nity but I know I’ve got work to do to earn it,” he wrote.

Though I’m try­ing to do bet­ter, I know I have a long way to go Har­vey We­in­stein, in a state­ment

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